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Chapter 9. Networking with Microsoft Win... > Understanding Windows Active Directo...

Understanding Windows Active Directory

Active Directory is the directory service (a directory service is a database of information that is arranged in a top-down hierarchical manner) for your Windows network; it provides a hierarchical structure for domain management and implementation. The Active Directory provides the namespace for your domains and catalogs users, groups of users, computers, printers, and even security policies in a centralized database that is replicated among domain controllers on the network. Each item, such as a user or a group is referred to as an Active Directory object.

Since Active Directory provides a hierarchical, tree-like structure for your domains, sharing resources throughout the domain structure is made easier. And adding new domains to the tree is very straightforward, making the directory service provided by Active Directory highly scalable.


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